I love this stage, when Debbie Bellaby has completed the internal illustrations for my next book and is just about to add the colour! She has, yet again, managed to bring my story to life just as I had imagined while writing. After I signed off on her rough illustrations she set to work on the final drawings. Earlier this week I signed off on those too, and now I look forward to seeing them fully brought to life with colour.
Debbie has already completed the front and rear covers and they are safely with the publishers. In the past I have known how I wanted the front covers to look but with this book, the third in this series, it was a struggle and I had no real image in mind. In my brief given to Debbie, I left it up to her; knowing I could trust her artistic talents and I am delighted that she has captured the essence of the story, both beautifully and simply.
It is a joy to see my stories coming to life through Debbie’s fantastic illustrations and I am looking forward to working on the production of this book in the New Year with both Debbie and the amazing team at SilverWood Books.
Some little teaser illos for you…